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Varese, Italy 2013
It was so great, we just have to go back!


locationThe Varese lake is a "rowers" lake, with no motorboats other than coaches launches, two buoyed courses and kilometers of rowable water, nestled in the foothills of the italian alps. The scenery is spectacular, the hotel is steps from the rowing club, and of course, being Italy, the food and wine are wonderful. Our exceptional coaching duo will focus on helping you row stronger, and more efficiently.

Dates: May 8th to May 12th, 2013

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Varese Accommodations

The great news is that the hotel, the boathouse and the lunch restaurant are all within a few steps of each other, so no need for a car, unless you wish.hotel

The hotel is a nice small family style hotel, facing the lake and mountains. The rooms have AC, TV, WiFi and each has it's own modern and well designed bathroom with shower.
The lake has a cycling track around it, and the hotel has a few bikes and mopeds for the guests' use. We will have dinner each night at the hotel, which has a lovely outdoor terrace by the lake for nice weather, and an attractive dining room in case of something cooler.


Next to the rowing club is a small swimming club, and the very talented Rosalba prepares
our delicious lunches for us there. Wine is included at all meals, of course!



Coaches and Boats


We are excited that our dymanic duo of Peter Orlando and Carlos Dinares will return to coach our group. Peter has coached the national team U23, as well as the elite masters program at GMS. He was a former national team rower. Carlos Dinares, coaches at the university of Washington, and coached Ursula Grobbler to the Olympics. As a Spanish national team member, he competed in three World Championships and won medals in team boats at the 1997 Luzern World Cup and Mediterranean Games.
The camp is focused on getting better at going faster. The training is highly individualized, and responsive to your individual Peterconcerns. A combination of great coaching,regular video review and miles will help you reach a new level in your rowing. Please view the typical schedule for more details regarding each day, or call us if you have any questions.
Our host club provides us with very high quality european racing shells. We plan to work primarily in singles, but can accommodate you if you prefer to train with a double partner, or even a quad team.


Location and travel

Varese is located in northern Italy's Lake district, 45 minutes from Milan's Malpensa airport, with non stop flights from the US. It is a quiet smaller lake nestled between its more famous neighbors, Como, Lugano and Maggiore, and is dedicated to rowing. There are no motorized pleasure craft, only coaches launches are permitted. Frequently used by european national teams for training, there are two 2k buoyed courses, and many kilometers of open water (scenic alpine views included...)



Daily camp schedule


Time Day 1

Day 2

Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
6.15 am   first breakfast @hotel first breakfast @hotel first breakfast @hotel first breakfast @hotel
7.00am to 9.00 am   Session 3:
Land and water: Emphasis is on hand position and oar connection, translating hand movements into clean blade work.
Session 6:
Land and Water: Emphasis on the catch and minimizing check.
Session 9: Emphasis on connection and drive: Applying power, feeling the "hang"
Session 11:
Racing starts:Mechanics of the start and developping a good rhythm
9.00am to 10.00am   2nd Breakfast; video review 2nd Breakfast; video review 2nd Breakfast; video review 2nd Breakfast; video review
10.00am to 12:30 am am arrivals Session 4: Emphasis on mechanics and timing of the finish: getting the boat set at the finish and maximizing "send"
Session 7:
Drills - Technique: Emphasis on sharpening the catch and catching together.
Session 10: Putting it together: Developping swing in the boat. How it works @ higher ratings - video Session 12: Last row.
1.00 pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
2-3:30 Session 1: Water orientation -Rigging evaluation:Steady State Row Rest Rest Rest departure
4- 6 pm

Session 2: 12k Row - Technique evaluation;videotape - video review

*these two rows may be combined

Session 5:

Technique- Drills
cleaning up the finish, enhancing balance, maximizing send.

Session 8:

Video review, or steady state row

session 10:

Video review followed by steady state with drills

7.00 pm dinner dinner dinner dinner  


The details...

As anyone who has done camps with us in the past knows, we like to eat well and be comfortable. We take care of all the planning details for you. The cost is $2600.00 all inclusive of housing, meals, coaches and boats. We do not include your transportation to and from Varese, though we will help you coordinate transfers with other participants. The cost for a non-rower, sharing a rowers room, is $900.00.

Payment schedule:

  Rowers  Non rower (in rowers room)
Deposit (due on sign-up) :  $400.00   $0.00
First payment (due 01/15/2013)  $1100.00   $450.00
Final payment (due 03/15/2013) $1100.00 $450.00


Because even waitlisted rowers cannot change plans at the last minute, and most of our costs are fixed and paid in advance, we encourage you to protect your trip with travel insurance.

Cancellation Policy:

Your deposit saves your space until the first payment, and cannot be refunded.
If you need to cancel after the first payment has been made, we will attempt to find a replacement for your spot. If we can find a replacement, we will credit your first payment. If you need to cancel after the second payment it is not reimbursable. Please call us if you have any questions.


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IN CONSIDERATION of being given the opportunity to participate in the Rowgue Varese Camp, 2013

I, for myself, my personal representatives, assigns, heirs, and next of kin:


1.  ACKNOWLEDGE, agree and represent that I understand the nature of Rowing Activities, both on water and land based, and that I am qualified, in good health, and in proper physical condition to participate in such Activity.

2.  FULLY UNDERSTAND that: (a.); ROWING ACTIVITIES INVOLVE RISKS AND DANGERS of serious bodily injury, including permanent disability, paralysis and death ("Risksî); (b.) these Risks and dangers may be caused by my own actions, or inactions, the actions or inactions of others participating in the Activity, the condition in which the Activity takes palace, or the negligence of the Releases names below; (c.); there may be other risks and social and economic losses either not known to me or not readily foreseeable at this time; and I FULLY ACCEPT AND ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSSES, COSTS, AND DAMAGES I incur as a result of my participation in the Activity.

3.  AGREE AND WARRANT that I will examine and inspect each Activity in which I take part as a member of the Camp and that, if I observe any condition which I consider to be unacceptably hazardous or dangerous, I will notify the proper authority in charge of the Activity and will refuse to take part in the Activity until the condition has bee corrected to my satisfaction.

4.  HEREBY RELEASE, discharge, and covenant not to sue Rowgue LLC, Peter Orlando, Carlos Dinares,, Cannottaggio Varese, their administrators, directors, agents, officers, volunteers and employees, other participating camp organizers, and if applicable, owners, operators and lessors of premises, on which the Activity takes place, (each considered one of the Releasees herein) from all liability, claims, demands, losses or damages on my account caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the Releasees or otherwise, including negligent rescue operations; and I further agree that if, despite this release and waiver of liability, assumption of risk, and indemnity agreement, I, or anyone on my behalf, makes a claim against any of the Releasees, I WILL INDEMNIFY, SAVE AND HOLD HARMLESS each of the Releasees, from any litigation expenses, attorney fees, loss, liability, damage, or cost which any may incur as a result of such claim.


I have read this agreement, fully understand its terms, understand that have given up substantial rights by signing it and have signed it freely and without any inducement or assurance of any nature and intend it be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law and agree that if any portion of this agreement is held to be invalid, the balance, notwithstanding, shall continue in full force and effect.


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Parent/Guardian Signature (only if participant is under the age of 18)






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